Love it or leave it? After seventeen years of living in their 1895 two-story Avenues home, owners Dean and Tiffani Peterson faced this dilemma. “I’ve lived in the Avenues for thirty years,” says Dean, CEO of Harmon’s Neighborhood Grocer. “I love that it’s close to the city and in a walkable neighborhood. At first, Tiffani and I thought, maybe we should fix up the house to sell. Then, we concluded: ‘No, let’s fix it up to stay.’”Read More
We love incorporating different types of fabrics into our designs, so today we met with Lauren from our design team to learn a little bit about our favorite fabrics! Lauren reminded us that it is so important to consider durability and clean-ability before deciding on a fabric for your space. These are major factors on whether or not your furniture will last! She told us about some of the best fabrics that she uses when she's designing.
You may have seen crypton before in hospital waiting rooms - that rough, kind of ugly fabric covering the chairs. Well, now crypton is being repurposed and used in homes! It is now soft, in beautiful neutrals, and has great patterns. We love using this for furniture because it's hydrophobic, so it completely repels moisture! (Seriously, you can spill a Diet Coke on it and it won't stain - or even get wet!)
This isn't the polyester of your grandma's bell bottoms. This stuff is perfect for furniture! We love using this synthetic fabric for its durability. Because it is man-made, it doesn't break down like the natural fibers in linens and cotton do. Polyester also comes in a lot of different styles, like velvets, linen look-alikes, tons of colors, and lots of patterns.
Leather & Hides
As Jessica, our design principal says, with leather, we make sure to get some skin in the game! We love leather for its beautiful texture and durability, not to mention how easy it is to clean.
Furs & Hides
We love furs and hides for smaller pieces, like pillows and rugs! They add a lot of interest and new dimension to spaces because of their wonderful textures.
And last but not least, Cottons & Linens
We love cottons and linens...but only for smaller pieces! Because they are all natural, they will break down more easily, so they are great for bedding, pillows, and pretty things, but not so much for furniture.
So remember, next time you're trying to choose the perfect fabric make sure you keep in mind its durability and clean-ability. That way you'll get amazing pieces that will last and you won't have to replace every time something spills!
We love all of Rosie Assoulin's looks for this spring, especially this sunny yellow ensemble. Here's how you can brighten up your dining area using this outfit as your inspo!
And for the final dash of red, the Red Geordi Sculpture for the table!